Tough times made me stronger, says Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan believes that every lean patch in his career has made him ''stronger'' but it is his clarity and calmness that has enabled him to ride over rough times. The oldest player in the Indian ODI set-up, there were lot of talks about Dhawan's poor form in domestic cricket but as it has been with the 36-year-old, he was back with a bang in his favourite blue shirt with a top-score of 79 off 84 balls, albeit in a losing cause in the first ODI against South Africa.

'I don't listen to the media or don't read newspapers or watch news, that way I don't take all that information,' Dhawan said when asked how he keeps himself way from negativity. For him, neither the bad patch has affected him for the first time nor is it going to be the last time but one needs to have the self belief in one's abilities.